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Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-173)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-173)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Heads of families and single persons living alone, of Japanese ancestry, in response to Civilian Exclusion Order Number 20, line up on Bush Street for half a block at the Wartime Civil Control Administration Control Station to receive their final instructions concerning their evacuation. The evacuation of this district will be …

Narrator Robert Moriguchi

Sansei male. Born November 11, 1931, in San Francisco, California. During World War II, removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Amache concentration camp, Colorado. After leaving camp, moved to Utah for a time before eventually returning to California and becoming a pharmacist. Served on the board of the Japanese American Citizens League and …

Narrator Charlie Matsubara

Nisei male. Born June 3, 1920, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in the Los Angeles area. When World War II broke out, Charlie stayed in California with his brother to help take care of property and belongings while the rest of the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Charlie and his brother were then sent …

Narrator Clara S. Hattori

Nisei female. Born May 21, 1919, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in the Loomis area of California, where parents ran a farm and fruit orchard. Just prior to World War II, worked in the Japanese Pavilion at the San Francisco World's Fair of 1939-1940. During World War II, removed to the Marysville Assembly Center, California, and …

Narrator Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura

Nisei male. Born July 16, 1917, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in Sacramento, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1939. During World War II, was removed to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Voluntarily stayed in Tule Lake after it was designated a Segregation Center, and worked in the legal aid office. Assisted attorney Wayne …

Narrator Ernest Besig

White male. Born May 30, 1904, in Albany, New York. Founder and Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California from 1934 to 1971. Fought for civil rights throughout his career, and was involved in the General Strike in San Francisco, the McCarthy Era, and the Free Speech, civil rights, and anti-war movements. …
Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-44-196)
img Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-44-196)
Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Consists primarily of newspaper clippings from the Monterey Peninsula Herald and Pacific Citizen, the bulk of which pertain to social activities and charity benefits organized by the JACL, as well as the chapter's involvement in various community events, such as the annual Fourth of July parade. Also …
Phil Shigekuni Interview (ddr-densho-1000-364)
vh Phil Shigekuni Interview (ddr-densho-1000-364)
Yonsei male. Born March 28, 1934, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Following the war, became a counselor in the public school system in Los Angeles. Active in a number of community causes including …
Shig Yabu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-272)
vh Shig Yabu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-272)
Nisei male. Born June 13, 1932, in San Francisco, California. During World War II, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. While in camp, found an injured magpie bird, named it Maggie, and adopted it as a pet. Following the war, wrote a children's book, Hello, Maggie! and became …
Shig Yabu Interview (ddr-densho-1011-10)
vh Shig Yabu Interview (ddr-densho-1011-10)
Nisei male. Born June 13, 1932, in San Francisco, California. During World War II, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. While in camp, found an injured magpie bird, named it Maggie, and adopted it as a pet. Following the war, wrote a children's book, Hello, Maggie! and became …
Visiting at Letterman Hospital in S.F. (ddr-csujad-38-503)
img Visiting at Letterman Hospital in S.F. (ddr-csujad-38-503)
A photograph of George Nobuo Naohara and his family and relatives, including Mr. Masukawa, Mr. Yokota, Mitzi Naohara, and Lester Naohara. It was taken when his family and relatives visited George Naohara who was hospitalized in the Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. The caption reads: Visiting at Letterman Hospital in S. F. Title from caption. …
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 8, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-128)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 8, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-128)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Topics discussed include the meeting with the San Francisco chapter concerning the anti-alien fishing bill, the garden project at the Monterey Union High School, and committee appointments. Also discussed are suggestions of how to make the meetings more lively, a proposal to sponsor a camera …
James Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-220)
vh James Hirabayashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-220)
Nisei male. Born October 30, 1926, in small town of Thomas, Washington, on family farm. Attended school in Auburn, Washington, before being removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to work in Idaho, and was subsequently joined by family. Postwar, became a social anthropologist, and later became only the …
Two men sitting on steps (ddr-ajah-6-238)
img Two men sitting on steps (ddr-ajah-6-238)
Caption below photo: Unknown Issei man (at left) with Matao Koga. Koga immigrated from Japan and lived in San Francisco, CA. He married Shigeko Iwaihara, of Alameda, CA., in 1939. He worked as a Benshi, a man who showed silent movies. Benshi in Japan were as much of an attraction as the stars of the film, …

Narrator Judy Furuichi

Sansei female. Born December 27, 1942, in the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Prior to World War II, parents lived and worked in Alameda, California. During World War II, the family was sent to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. After the war, the family returned to Alameda, where Judy grew up. …

Narrator George Matsumoto

Nisei male. Born July 19, 1924, in San Francisco, California. At a young age, family moved to Ocean Park, California, where father ran a concession stand in an amusement park. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. While in camp, had numerous jobs, including as part of the …

Narrator George Yoshida

Nisei male. Born April 9, 1922, in Seattle, Washington. Parents immigrated from Japan in the early 1900s. Attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary School and Washington Middle School in Seattle before his family moved to East Los Angeles in 1936. Incarcerated in Poston Detention Camp #1, Arizona, in April 1942. While in camp, helped organize the "Music Makers," …
Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-263)
Nisei male. Born July 16, 1917, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in Sacramento, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1939. During World War II, was removed to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Voluntarily stayed in Tule Lake after it was designated a Segregation Center, and worked in the legal aid office. Assisted attorney Wayne …
Day at the Fair with Father (ddr-csujad-11-94)
img Day at the Fair with Father (ddr-csujad-11-94)
A man and two women are photographed together. The woman to the left of the man is most likely Tazu Kawamoto. The man is therefore her father, Sadaichi Kawamoto, as the caption reads: Day at the Fair with Father. The fair she is referring to is the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair. The woman to the …
Letter from Henry [Katsumi] Fujita to Mr. H. A. Strong, Electrolux Corporation, August 9, 1942 (ddr-csujad-23-13)
doc Letter from Henry [Katsumi] Fujita to Mr. H. A. Strong, Electrolux Corporation, August 9, 1942 (ddr-csujad-23-13)
Letter from Henry K. Fujita to his boss Mr. H. A. Strong of the Electrolux Corporation in San Francisco dated August 9, 1942. Rich in details, the letter describes the physical layout of the Merced Assembly Center, the poor-quality construction of the barracks, the daily schedules, the camp organization and facilities, the hardships and illnesses and …
Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 6, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-150)
doc Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 6, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-150)
A letter from Jokichi Yamanaka in Hiroshima, Japan to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He updates Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine on the Sasakis and the Nakanos in Japan. This letter is mailed by Masao Okine from Japan via San Francisco by U.S. Army Postal Service. The handwritten notes on the backside of the …
Some of the first arrivals to the assembly center at Tanforan Race Track, near San Francisco in 1942 (ddr-csujad-52-4)
img Some of the first arrivals to the assembly center at Tanforan Race Track, near San Francisco in 1942 (ddr-csujad-52-4)
A LaserPhoto copy of an Associated Press image, taken in 1942, shared in 1981. Caption on photo reads "These were among the first Japanese to be moved into the newly built assembly center at Tranforan Race Track, near San Francisco in 1942. The people here were watching a horse race at the track." A message from …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 20 (November 16, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-46)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 20 (November 16, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-46)
Selected article titles: "Longtime JACLer wins 31st Dist. seat in Sac'to" (p. 1), "Nisei evacuated from Middle East, says Seattle wife" (p. 1), "Issei pioneers of No. California flower growing industry honored by Nisei" (p. 1), "Deep-rooted racial prejudice in housing noted in San Francisco Bay Area survey, gains in jobs, education cited by survey" (p. …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 73, No. 4 (July 23, 1971) (ddr-pc-43-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 73, No. 4 (July 23, 1971) (ddr-pc-43-29)
Selected article titles: "Farm labor crisis hits JACL" (p. 1), "Watsonville Elks against white-only rule" (p. 1), "Fear low cost housing may kill Japan Center and Nihonmachi" (p. 1), "San Francisco JACL prepared to object to opening of Kenzo's boutique in area" (p. 1), "Japan will not rely on nuclear power" (p. 2), "In Sacramento, this …
Nikki Bridges Interview (ddr-densho-1012-15)
vh Nikki Bridges Interview (ddr-densho-1012-15)
Nisei female. Born February 2, 1911, and grew up in California. During World War II, removed to the Poston (Colorado River) concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp, worked in the War Relocation Authority office in San Francisco.

(This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business. …

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